SOCHI, Russia — Jeremy Abbott already has his bronze medal bonus spent.
The four-time U.S. figure skating champion has been paying for his athletic trainer to accompany him to competitions this year. (Hey, the guy's 28 in a sport requiring the flexibility of someone several years younger.) And those trips didn't come cheap. He had one event in Japan, and one in a remote part of Canada.
Abbott gets some funding from U.S. Figure Skating, but that money was exhausted long ago. So he's been dipping into his own pockets, so much so that his financial adviser called him just before he left for Russia and told him his account was on fumes.
"I had to dig into my retirement fund to get some money so I could feel comfortable coming to Russia," Abbott said. "It will be put back when I get home."
As a member of the U.S. squad that won bronze in the team competition, Abbott will get $10,000. It may be tempting to spend it on something fun, but as a soon-to-be "retiree," Abbott needs to watch his pennies.